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Research Assistant: Tropical Forest Ecology – Ecuador

by Kris Pieper on April 14, 2015

How can 1100 tree species coexist in 25 hectares of tropical forest? The successful applicant will assist with ongoing research in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon that seeks to address this question using plant functional traits and spatial pattern analyses. The research will involve sampling trees for functional traits within a highly-diverse tree plot and the taking of measurements in a laboratory at the nearby field station. The station is large and modern, with AC, showers and WiFi.

The research will take place from early June through late July and possibly into August. Airfare and station fees covering food and lodging will be paid for, but salary is not provided.

Enthusiasm for research and a curiosity about ecology, the ability to hike/be on your feet for several hours in humid conditions amid insects and across steep terrain.

Send your name, degree level (undergraduate, recently graduated), and a brief description of why you are interested in this position to Ian McFadden:

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